Review: Just Evil by Vickie McKeehan

Just Evil by Vickie Mckeehan
Series: Evil Secrets Trilogy (# 1)
Release Date: December 3, 2011
Publisher: Beachdevils Press
Pages: 410
Source: book purchased by the reviewer

For forty years the double murder of an elderly couple in the Hollywood Hills remained unsolved and all but forgotten. No one cared. But a stranger, bent on revenge, is out to change all that.

Kit Griffin has finally overcome a painful childhood at the hands of her mother, former actress Alana Stevens. No longer living in the grasp of the cold, tyrannical woman, Kit has found a new life tucked away in little San Madrid, California, running a business she loves, surrounded by friends she considers family. For the first time her life is on track. That is, until Alana is found brutally murdered on Mother’s Day, pulling Kit back in to the dark horrors of her past. To make matters worse, the police consider her the prime suspect.

Jake Boston, an old family friend and the man Kit has loved since she was a teen, is fighting his own demons as a suspect in his wife’s murder two years earlier. Despite his past, he’s determined to win Kit over once and for all. But before that can happen they need to convince the police there’s a killer working his way down a list with cold-hearted vengeance in mind.

Forced to delve into Alana’s dark past, it becomes clear someone is out to settle a score. When Jake and Kit uncover a forty year old double murder that leads them straight to the door of a legal dynasty, they soon find out just how far the heirs will go to keep the past buried and eliminate all the loose ends to protect their empire. Will Jake and Kit become the next victims or will they find an unexpected guardian angel?


Review: When I first read the blurb I knew I had to get a copy of this book. The desire to purchase the book was then fueled by the reviews that I had read and so I decided to take the plunge. Well I can now say after reaching the end of this story that I do not have buyer’s regret. Just Evil is one of those books that even after you have finished reading you can’t stop thinking or talking about it.

The story is about Kit Griffin, the owner of a bookstore/pastry shop and Jake Boston, the CEO of a multimillion dollar software company. Kit is the daughter of former actress turn real estate developer Alana Stephens. Kit had suffered immense physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her mother when growing up. She was finally able to escape her mother’s clutches and establish a life that was quite successful and fulfilling. Despite the abuse that she had experienced Kit is a sweet and caring person. It was as a result of this abuse that Kit became the prime suspect in Alana’s murder. Jake Boston dearly loved Kate and was willing to stand by her as he knew what it felt like to be accused of a murder that you did not commit. It was great to see them working together with the help of their friends to prove Kit’s innocence.

I loved how the author portrayed each of the characters especially the killer. She allows the reader to see and understand what his motives were and this made things much clearer. There was one time when I actually though he was quite justified in his actions. I then backtracked and thought he could have found another way to bring across his message but then if he did the story may not have been so exciting and suspenseful.

This is the first book in The Evil Secrets Trilogy and it is certainly a great start to the series. I cannot wait to read the remainder of the series has based on the ending you know there is still more suspense and mystery to come. The name is quite fitting has this book was filled with so many evil characters it made my head spin. As for the secrets there was so many that just when I thought I had one figured out another one surface. I was pulled in from the very first page and I just had to keep reading as I could not wait to find out what was coming next and what came next was quite a shocker.

Just Evil has the right blend of romance, suspense and mystery. This is a story that will definitely keep you up and have you laughing and crying. If you are looking for the kind of story that will grip you and have you talking about it for days to come then you need to get a copy of Just Evil.